Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Premier Chuck Stewart: The Man Of Many Portfolios

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin., #23, 9731-174 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5T 6G4

July IInd, MMXIV

Hon. Jeff Johnson, B. Ed., MLA, Minister of Education, Progressive Conservative, Athabasca-Sturgeon-RedH2O

Dear Jeff:

The Hon. Premier Charles Stewart, PC was the IIIrd & last of Alberta's Liberal Premiers, serving from MCMXVII-MCMXXI (1917-21) & he had a long & storied career in both provincial & later federal politics. He was born in Strabane, Ontario & was a farmer by trade.

- Charles was big on supporting children and their needs. Students might be interested to note that he had VIII (8) children with his wife Jane.

- Charles served not just as the MLA IV Sedgewick, but as the go to cabinet man in the portfolios of Railways & Telephones, Provicial Secretary, Public Works, & as the Ist ever Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs as his Liberal governing party saw the need IV better relations with municipalities. This definitely suited him to be Premier.

- Charles later served post-Premier's chair as the MP for the Quebec riding of Argenteuil & later Edmonton-West (coincidentally, the latter riding I ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate for in MM (2000.)

- Charles served as Minister of the Interior & Mines for Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King & successfully negotiated a fair transfer of natural resources to his United Farmers Of Alberta (UFA) successors as Premier from the federal government. Thus giving Alberta family's & their school children greater revenues for education, health care, & other needs.

- Charles enjoyed being a family man & visiting with Charles Herbert & other kids on their family farm near Killam, Alberta.

Was A Stonemason By Trade As Well Just Like IInd Prime Minister Of Canada The Right Hon. Sir Alexander Mackenzie, PC: Liberal,


Source: Documentary Heritage Society Of Alberta.

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